Rudy Mancke


Naturalist Rudy Mancke served as naturalist and co-host of South Carolina ETV's NatureScene which began it's long run in 1978. His field trips, broadcast nationwide, have earned him a legion of dedicated viewers. Rudy's knowledge of the complex inner-workings of different ecosystems and his great admiration for the natural world make him the perfect guide. In fact, the National Wildlife Federation and the Garden Club of America honored his commitment to resource conservation with special awards. Since retiring from SCETV, Rudy has gone on to teach at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.

Before coming to television, Rudy served as the natural history curator at the South Carolina State Museum for 10 years, and was a high school biology and geology teacher. He earned a degree at Wofford College, attended graduate school at the University of South Carolina, and received honorary doctorate degrees from the College of Charleston, Winthrop College, and Wofford College.

Rudy Mancke currently hosts NatureNotes on both SCETV and South Carolina Public Radio.

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"...(O)ne of the oddest true bug the world."

Playing Bone Detective

Dec 2, 2014

An skull is found in Musgrove Mill. What kind animal?

Osage Orange

Dec 1, 2014

Osage Orange trees in Musgrove Mill, SC

A Pine Warbler is spotted 3 miles off the South Carolina coast!

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Nov 27, 2014

A Thanksgiving greeting from Rudy.

Swamp Tupelo defends itself against Misletoe.

The Hickory Horned Devil Caterpillar pupates underground.

A Carolina Wren spends the night on the porch.

A Poem of Alaska

Nov 21, 2014

A Poem of Alaska

Vertebrae from Columbia Mammoth Found on Edisto Island

An Atypically Marked Eastern Garter Snake

Strawberry Bush, a.k.a. Hearts-a-Bursting-with-Love.

Zebra Long-Winged Butterfly


Nov 14, 2014

"Autumn" - Rudy Mancke

A Great Blue Heron Feasting on a Snake.

Sea Myrtle is Common All Over South Carolina

Copperhead Snake on the Trail Near Summerville.

The Tulip Tree

Nov 7, 2014

The Tulip Tree's leaves are shaped like a tulip, and its flowers also resemble tulip.

A Barred Owl in Downtown Greenville

Huge Bryozoan Colonies

Nov 5, 2014

Huge Bryozoan Colonies found in Lake Junaluska, NC.

Banded Sphinx Moth

Nov 4, 2014

Banded Sphinx Moth spotted in Newberry.

The Green Lynx spider guards its eggs, jumping into action at any sign of a threat.

Happy Hallowe'en

Oct 31, 2014

A special day for Rudy Mancke...

The Ribbed Lizard Claw mushroom, not common, is one of the Stink Horn mushrooms.

A little bird, nesting in the corner of the porch at night... the Carolina Wren, of course.

A snake encountered in the laundry room of a family home in the Midlands turns out to be a Corn Snake--harmless to people.

Nyssa biflora, commonly referred to as the swamp tupelo, or blackgum is a species of tupelo that lives in wetland habitats.

October Thoughts

Oct 24, 2014

"The October leaf-fading..." (Beckonings for Every Day: A Calendar of Thought - Lucy Larcom)

Hammer Head Worm

Oct 23, 2014

Found in Irmo, SC... a Hammer Head Worm? What's that?

Eastern Leaf Footed Bug

Oct 22, 2014

A listener spotted to "bugs," a small one attacking a larger one. The small one was a nymph, the large one was an adult Leaf Footed Bug.